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The National Transportation Safety Board says the two men who lost their lives on a ship that sank near the Aleutian Islands over a year ago were not properly prepared for emergencies.
On Dec. 6, 2016, the former crab boat Exito was hauling cargo for Trident Seafoods from Dutch Harbor to Akutan when it was struck by a wave and began to sink with two crewmembers and three contractors on board.
The day before the ship sank, the acting manager for Trident Seafoods asked the captain to transport the contractors to Akutan for work. After the boat left the dock, the captain later learned they were not directly employed by Trident.